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Berks County Jail Inmate Mail


When mailing a letter or postcard to an inmate, please address your mail as follows:

Inmate Name, BCJS#
Berks County Jail
1287 County Welfare Road
Leesport, PA 19533

All mail sent to an inmate at the Berks County Jail must include the sender's name and mailing address in the top left corner of the envelope or postcard.

Failure to include your return address will most likely result in your mail NOT being delivered and your letter destroyed.

Main Phone: 610-208-4800

The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Berks County Jail Inmate Mail Policies, Mail Instructions, what type of mail is NOT allowed, Rules for Mailing letters, photos, postcards, emailing an inmate, magazines, newspapers, books and packages to Berks County Jail in Leesport, Pennsylvania.

Follow these instructions exactly to help ensure that your inmate receives his/her mail and not have it thrown away.

The Berks County Jail has a zero-tolerance policy regarding mail violations.


Type of Mail Allowed for Berks County Jail

Postcards

The Berks County Jail allows inmates to receive pre-metered postcards like the type purchased from the post office. They may also allow certain photo postcards as long as they have not been tampered with or contain images that may be considered to be obscene or violent in nature.

Envelopes

The Berks County Jail also allows you to send letters and greeting cards in envelopes.

Each envelope or postcard must have a complete return address on the upper left corner. Anything sent to the inmate that does not contain a complete return address will be sent back to the post office. The inmate will not receive it.

All mail should be addressed as follows:

Inmate’s first and last name
BCJS# (Click
here to locate the inmate’s #)
Berks County Jail System
1287 County Welfare Rd.
Leesport, PA 19533

Newspapers

You may send a newspaper or newspaper subscription to an inmate as long as it is mailed directly from the publisher to the jail and includes the inmate’s first and last name and BCJS #. Click here to locate the inmate’s #.

Magazines

You may send magazines and subscriptions to the inmate if it is mailed directly from the publisher, bookstore or reputable online vendor such as Amazon.com. The label must include the inmate’s first and last name as well as the BCJS #. Click here to locate the number.

Books

This jail allows inmates to receive books through the mail. They must come directly from the publisher, bookstore or online vendor such as Amazon.com. Labels must include the inmate’s first and last name and BCJS #. Click here to locate the inmate’s #.

 

Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Berks County Jail standards will be disposed of.

Hard cover books will not be accepted by the jail due to their potential to be used as a weapon.

To confirm that the Berks County Jail continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call 610-208-4800.

Care packages

Care packages are pre-chosen items packaged together and sent to the inmate from a third-party vendor. They can include clothing, snacks and seasonal items.

When a jail allows the inmate to receive Care Packages they must come directly from an approved company that specializes in serving the inmates of jails.

Call 610-208-4800 or click here or here to see if the Berks County Jail participates in a Care Package program and if so, how to purchase one.



Mailed Items NOT Allowed

Examples of prohibited items include:

Photos are allowed in limited quantities, but cannot be lewd, provocative etc. Staff determines on a case-by-case basis to let the inmate have mailed photos.

Stamps and stickers.

Musical greeting cards.

Altered mail such as perfumed or lipstick covered.

Paper with any type of stains such as grease.

News clippings.

Crayon, felt tip or hand painted drawings.

Anything discussing escape, crime planning or harming jail security.

Anything written in code.

Click here for a complete list of prohibited items.



How to address your Inmate's Postcard or Envelope

Inmate Name, BCJS#
Berks County Jail
1287 County Welfare Road
Leesport, PA 19533

All mail sent to an inmate at the Berks County Jail must include the senders name and mailing address in the top left corner of the envelope or postcard.

Failure to include your return address will most likely result in your mail NOT being delivered and discarded.

To confirm the mailing address and/or any new policies regarding inmate mail call 610-208-4800 or check the most recent updates on the jail's website by going here.

Policies Regarding Mailing Photos to the Berks County Jail

Photos are allowed in limited quantities, but cannot be lewd, provocative etc. Staff determines on a case-by-case basis to let the inmate have mailed photos.

Photos should not exceed 4 inches high x 6 inches wide.

Send no more than four photos at one time.

Polaroid Photos are prohibited.

Photos of weapons are prohibited.

Photos of drugs, the consuming of drugs or alcohol is prohibited.

Photos of lewd behavior or people exhibiting too much skin is prohibited.

Call 610-208-4800 or check the most recent policies regarding inmate photos on the jail's website by going here.



Important Mail Tips

Mail is always scanned and inspected for contraband, obscenity and other rule infractions.

Assume that everything you write will be read by jail staff and can and will be used against you or your inmate in court.  

Never write anything about the inmate's court case you wouldn't want read aloud in court.

Mail is considered by the jail to be a privilege. Any violations of the mail policies can result in the inmate's mail privileges being suspended.

The introduction of contraband by you into the jail through the mail could result in criminal charges being filed against both you and the inmate.

Click here to view contact information for the Berks County Jail.



Emailing an Inmate

A growing number of jails now offer email services to inmates and their families. This can save you time by letting you view your email from your Smart Phone, computer or tablet whenever you wish.

In addition, you don't have to deal with envelopes, stamps or the post office.

Inmates like it because the emails typically eliminate delayed mail runs so they can get your correspondence much more quickly and send responses immediately.

Jail staff likes it as it eliminates concerns about contraband entering the facility in envelopes and on paper. It also allows the jail to have an electronic record that can be called upon at any time.

Anything you or your inmate writes in an email service is put through a filter program that looks for certain words related to criminal and/or gang activities.

There have been multiple cases in which emails between inmates and their friends or loved ones has been used as evidence in criminal court cases to convict them or to file new charges.

Call 610-208-4800 or click here to see if email services are being offered at this jail and if so, how to sign up you and your inmate.

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